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2009 UK Gambling Commission Survey Reveals Nothing Out of Ordinary

Friday, February 12th, 2010

As the States move one step closer toward online gambling regulation – or, at least, one step closer to approving legislation to study the impacts of online gambling and the feasibility of regulation (go Barney Frank!) – the UK Gambling Commission, aka The Commission, has just released more data resulting from a series of comprehensive surveys aimed at gauging gambling habits of UK bettors, as well as overall player demographics.

In light of the upcoming release of  the 2010 Gambling Prevalence Study, which is a comprehensive analysis of gambling trends in the UK that takes place every three years, the most recent set of survey stats apply strictly to 2009, and essentially show nothing different than that of the 2007 Gambling Prevalence Study data.

Consisting of two questions – one pertaining strictly to remote forms of wagering, including computer, mobile phone and television online casino wagering, the other pertaining to all forms of wagering both on and offline – the survey engaged some 7,000 adult participants, over half of which had participated in at least one form of wagering over the past four weeks of being surveyed.

Not surprisingly, the most popular betting activity was the National Lottery, followed by scratch cards and charitable lotteries. The next most popular betting activities down the line were neither surprising to researchers, and included horserace betting, slot machines and private betting amongst close circles of friends and family. UK online casinos were not amongst the most frequented of gambling destinations.

If anything, the latter revelation regarding private wagering is most interesting. While this still shows that many bettors do not fully trust UK-based gambling operations, over 50% of survey respondents consider the UK gaming industry trustworthy as a whole (up slightly from 2008). Further revealing that gambling is being looked upon more favorably in the UK is a greater number of people (14% surveyed) associating gambling crime with addicts committing larceny, rather than organized crime and money laundering.

While this does not entirely paint a better picture of sentiments toward gambling addiction, it nonetheless shows that awareness of gambling crime is expanding and that organized crime is being effectively prevented and dealt with. Furthermore, gambling addiction is still within normal bounds, even as remote online wagering activity has seen a moderate increase of about 1%.

Certainly proving that online gambling can and is being successfully regulated and managed, UK Gambling Commission statistics will indeed likely serve as a comparative benchmark for US officials if and when legislation is passed to study and set forth online gambling regulations of its own.